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President Obama has nominated another far-left extremist for his administration and Dr. Rand Paul, the Senates leading physician, says that the nomination is an attack on the rights of Americans.
The President has chosen Dr. Vivek Murphy for the Nation’s top doc. Dr. Murphy is a co-founder of Doctor’s for America, a pet project of the liberal extremist group Center for American Progress.
Sen. Paul notes in a February 25th letter that “The primary policy goals of Dr. Murthy’s organization have been focused on advancing stricter gun control laws and promoting the Affordable Care Act.”
While Dr. Murphy has expressed a disinterest in using his new position to push a political agenda, Obama’s chosen leadership staff in the IRS, NLRB, HHS and more have all shown a propensity to abuse their positions and their organizations to push the far-left agenda.
Late last year, Democrats changed Senate rules so that only a simply majority was required to confirm Presidential nominees. Sen. Rand Paul’s objection has Democrats taking notice as the 2014 mid-terms get closer.
Dr. Murphy’s association with the far-left leaning Center for American Progress should raise other concerns. With political leaders banning things like sodas, wait until they decide steak, pizza or wings are too detrimental to the health of citizens. Just imagine that Surgeon’s General warning on your next bucket of chicken.
Republican or Democrat, left or right – no matter your political leanings, if you value your right to choose for yourself, this guy is bad news.
These are the actual words from the White House official site!
President Obama is not waiting for Congress and is taking steps to use his executive authority to expand opportunity and level the playing field for middle-class Americans.
From The White House:
9:11 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, everyone have a seat. Giving all praise and honor to God, who brought us here this morning.
Thank you so much for our two outstanding co-chairs, Louie and Jan. And I have to say, I would have enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the two of these folks getting this breakfast organized this morning. (Laughter.) But there does seem to be that sibling thing a little bit, Louie. (Laughter.) They love each other, but they’ve got to go at each other a little bit. I, by the way, have always found Louie to be unbelievably gracious every time I’ve seen him. Now, I don’t watch TV, I’ve got to admit. (Laughter.) But he is a good man and a great storyteller, and Janice was just reminding me the first time we saw each other was at one of my first events when I first ran for office.
It’s wonderful to see all of the dignitaries and friends who are here today. To the Presidents, and Prime Ministers, the leaders of business and the nonprofit community; to my incredible friend and Vice President, Joe Biden; to my Cabinet members who are here and members of the administration who do such great work every single day; to my fellow Hawaiian, it is wonderful to see you. I should tell you that my surfing is not that good. (Laughter.) I just want to be clear. But my bodysurfing is pretty good.
SENATOR HIRONO: Bodysurfing is fun. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: It is. (Laughter.) And to Raj Shah, who is just such an incredible young leader and is out there every single day, I could not be more proud of his outstanding leadership at USAID. And it’s a good reminder — (applause) — it’s a good reminder of the dedicated public servants that I have the chance to interact with every single day. And they do great work, don’t always get a lot of credit, sometimes get subject to the sort of criticism that you do when you’re in public life, but Raj is single-minded in terms of trying to help as many people as possible all around the world and is an extraordinary representative for our country. So I’m very, very proud of him — although he does always make me feel like an underachiever whenever I listen to him. (Laughter.) I’m thinking, I should have been working harder and not slouching. (Laughter.)
Dale Jones and everyone else who worked on this breakfast this morning, thank you, and obviously I’m thrilled to be joined by my extraordinary wife and she does a great job every single day keeping me in line. (Applause.)
Just two other thank-yous. To our men and women in uniform all around the world, we pray for them. (Applause.) Many of them doing such great work to keep us safe. And then there is one colleague of mine who is missing today. A great friend of mine who I came into the Senate with, Senator Tom Coburn. Tom is going through some tough times right now but I love him dearly even though we’re from different parties. He’s a little closer to Louie’s political perspective than mine but he is a good man and I’m keeping him and his family in my prayers all the time. So just a shout-out to my good friend, Tom Coburn. (Applause.)
So each time we gather, it’s a chance to set aside the rush of our daily lives; to pause with humility before an Almighty God; to seek His grace; and, mindful of our own imperfections, to remember the admonition from the Book of Romans, which is especially fitting for those of us in Washington: “Do not claim to be wiser than you are.”
So here we put aside labels of party and ideology, and recall what we are first: all children of a loving God; brothers and sisters called to make His work our own. But in this work, as Lincoln said, our concern should not be whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side.
And here we give thanks for His guidance in our own individual faith journeys. In my life, He directed my path to Chicago and my work with churches who were intent on breaking the cycle of poverty in hard-hit communities there. And I’m grateful not only because I was broke and the church fed me, but because it led to everything else. It led me to embrace Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It led me to Michelle — the love of my life — and it blessed us with two extraordinary daughters. It led me to public service. And the longer I serve, especially in moments of trial or doubt, the more thankful I am of God’s guiding hand.
Now, here, as Americans, we affirm the freedoms endowed by our Creator, among them freedom of religion. And, yes, this freedom safeguards religion, allowing us to flourish as one of the most religious countries on Earth, but it works the other way, too — because religion strengthens America. Brave men and women of faith have challenged our conscience and brought us closer to our founding ideals, from the abolition of slavery to civil rights, workers’ rights.
So many of you carry on this good work today — for the child who deserves a school worthy of his dreams; for the parents working overtime to pull themselves out of poverty; for the immigrants who want to step out of the shadows and become a full member of our American family; for the young girl who prays for rescue from the modern slavery of human trafficking, an outrage that we must all join together to end.
Through our Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, led by Melissa Rogers, we’re proud to work with you on this and many other issues. And I invite you to join us in a new initiative that I announced in my State of the Union address — an effort to help more young men of color overcome the odds, because so many boys in this country need that mentor to help them become a man and a good father.
I’ve felt the love that faith can instill in our lives during my visits to the Holy Land and Jerusalem — sacred to Jews and Christians and Muslims. I’ve felt it in houses of worship — whether paying my respects at the tomb of Archbishop Romero in San Salvador, or visiting a synagogue on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul or a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. And I’ve felt the compassion of so many faith leaders around the world, and I am especially looking forward to returning to the Vatican next month to meet His Holiness, Pope Francis, whose message about caring for the “least of these” is one that I hope all of us heed. Like Matthew, he has answered the call of Jesus, who said “follow me,” and he inspires us with his words and deeds, his humility, his mercy and his missionary impulse to serve the cause of social justice.
Yet even as our faith sustains us, it’s also clear that around the world freedom of religion is under threat. And that is what I want to reflect on this morning. We see governments engaging in discrimination and violence against the faithful. We sometimes see religion twisted in an attempt to justify hatred and persecution against other people just because of who they are, or how they pray or who they love. Old tensions are stoked, fueling conflicts along religious lines, as we’ve seen in the Central African Republic recently, even though to harm anyone in the name of faith is to diminish our own relationship with God. Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.
Today, we profess the principles we know to be true. We believe that each of us is “wonderfully made” in the image of God. We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being — dignity that no earthly power can take away. And central to that dignity is freedom of religion — the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith if they choose, or to practice no faith at all, and to do this free from persecution and fear.
Our faith teaches us that in the face of suffering, we can’t stand idly by and that we must be that Good Samaritan. In Isaiah, we’re told “to do right. Seek justice. Defend the oppressed.” The Torah commands: “Know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” The Koran instructs: “Stand out firmly for justice.” So history shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people — including the freedom of religion — are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful. Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security. (Applause.)
As I’ve said before, there are times when we work with governments that don’t always meet our highest standards, but they’re working with us on core interests such as the security of the American people. At the same time, we also deeply believe that it’s in our interest, even with our partners, sometimes with our friends, to stand up for universal human rights. So promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy. And I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America. (Applause.)
It is not always comfortable to do, but it is right. When I meet with Chinese leaders — and we do a lot of business with the Chinese, and that relationship is extraordinarily important not just to our two countries but to the world — but I stress that realizing China’s potential rests on upholding universal rights, including for Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists, and Uighur Muslims. (Applause.)
When I meet with the President of Burma, a country that is trying to emerge out of a long darkness into the light of a representative government, I’ve said that Burma’s return to the international community depends on respecting basic freedoms, including for Christians and Muslims. I’ve pledged our support to the people of Nigeria, who deserve to worship in their churches and mosques in peace, free from terror. I’ve put the weight of my office behind the efforts to protect the people of Sudan and South Sudan, including religious minorities.
As we support Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in direct talks, we’ve made clear that lasting peace will require freedom of worship and access to holy sites for all faiths. I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Kerry for his extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy that he’s brought to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Thank you, John. (Applause.)
More broadly, I’ve made the case that no society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all its peoples, including religious minorities, whether they’re Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan, or Baha’i in Iran, or Coptic Christians in Egypt. And in Syria, it means ensuring a place for all people — Alawites and Sunni, Shia and Christian.
Going forward, we will keep standing for religious freedom around the world. And that includes, by the way, opposing blasphemy and defamation of religion measures, which are promoted sometimes as an expression of religion, but, in fact, all too often can be used to suppress religious minorities. (Applause.) We continue to stand for the rights of all people to practice their faiths in peace and in freedom. And we will continue to stand against the ugly tide of anti-Semitism that rears it’s ugly head all too often.
I look forward to nominating our next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom to help lead these efforts. And we’re moving ahead with our new strategy to partner more closely with religious leaders and faith communities as we carry out our foreign policy. And I want to thank Shaun Casey, from the Wesley Theological Seminary, for leading this work at the State Department. Shaun I think is here today and we want to thank him for the outstanding work that he’s doing. (Applause.) Thank you, Shaun. (Applause.)
So around the world we’re elevating our engagement with faith leaders and making it a regular part of our diplomacy. And today, I invite you to join us in focusing on several pressing challenges. Let’s do more together to advance human rights, including religious freedom. Let’s do more to promote the development that Raj describes — from ending extreme poverty to saving lives, from HIV/AIDS to combating climate change so that we can preserve God’s incredible creation. On all these issues, faith leaders and faith organizations here in the United States and around the world are incredible partners, and we’re grateful to them.
And in contrast to those who wield religion to divide us, let’s do more to nurture the dialogue between faiths that can break cycles of conflict and build true peace, including in the Holy Land.
And finally, as we build the future we seek, let us never forget those who are persecuted today, among them Americans of faith. We pray for Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who’s been held in North Korea for 15 months, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. His family wants him home. And the United States will continue to do everything in our power to secure his release because Kenneth Bae deserves to be free. (Applause.)
We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He’s been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs. And as we continue to work for his freedom, today, again, we call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Abedini so he can return to the loving arms of his wife and children in Idaho. (Applause.)
And as we pray for all prisoners of conscience, whatever their faiths, wherever they’re held, let’s imagine what it must be like for them. We may not know their names, but all around the world there are people who are waking up in cold cells, facing another day of confinement, another day of unspeakable treatment, simply because they are affirming God. Despite all they’ve endured, despite all the awful punishments if caught, they will wait for that moment when the guards aren’t looking, and when they can close their eyes and bring their hands together and pray.
In those moments of peace, of grace, those moments when their faith is tested in ways that those of us who are more comfortable never experience; in those far-away cells, I believe their unbroken souls are made stronger. And I hope that somehow they hear our prayers for them, that they know that, along with the spirit of God, they have our spirit with them as well, and that they are not alone.
Today we give humble thanks for the freedoms we cherish in this country. And I join you in seeking God’s grace in all of our lives. I pray that His wisdom will give us the capacity to do right and to seek justice, and defend the oppressed wherever they may dwell.
I want to thank all of you for the extraordinary privilege of being here this morning. I want to ask you for your prayers as I continue in this awesome privilege and responsibility as President of the United States. May God bless the United States of America, and God bless all those who seek peace and justice. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
9:51 A.M. EST
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Rob Schenck, who has worked with a team of Christian leaders seeking the release of Iranian born American pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Tehran, was moved to tears at today’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington after President Barack Obama told attendees he joins in prayer on behalf of Pastor Saeed and called for his immediate release.
News Conference Details:
News Conference on Statement by President Barack Obama regarding Pastor Saeed Abedini
Today, Thursday, February 6, 2:00 PM
Cardozo Room-Washington D.C. Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition
Rev. Rob Schenck, Evangelical Church Alliance
Mr. Jordon Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice
Ambassador Suzan D. Johnson Cook, immediate past U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom
The President said from the podium at the Washington D.C. Hilton, “We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini who’s been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs, and as we continue to work for his freedom today, again we call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Abedini so he can return to the loving arms of his wife and children in Idaho.”
The President’s statement comes just days after Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition spoke face to face with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about Abedini’s plight, and after prior meetings involving Schenck and others with State Department personnel, including former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney said, “The conversation I just had with a member of the President’s inner circle appears to have gotten through and for that I’m very grateful. There is more of this story to be told, but for now we pray the President’s call for Pastor Saeed’s release will prove immediately effective. The President is only reflecting what millions of Americans and others around the world have prayed for and demanded for too long. It’s time for Iran to act and free this innocent man… The faith community applauds President Obama for publicly standing for religious freedom and human rights.”
Rev. Schenck said, “This is the breakthrough so many have hoped for, prayed for, and worked for, for so long. This call by the President needed to happen. We are enormously relieved to hear it and thank the President for taking a risk in saying it publicly.”
There are some that do not feel Obama’s overreach of power has not gone far enough! The National Federation Of The Blind say that his Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers must also include workers with disabilities.
BALTIMORE, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind, has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to value the work performed by workers with disabilities by including disabled workers in the forthcoming executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers. Over four-hundred thousand disabled workers, many of whom work for entities that receive federal contracts, are currently paid far less than the federal minimum wage under an obscure provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Here is the letter to President Obama, from Dr. Marc Maurer:
February 3, 2014
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
In your January 28th State of the Union Address, and via a conference call with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Perez on January 29th, it was announced that all contractors would be required by executive order to pay their federally funded workers at least $10.10 an hour under any new contracts. The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, urges you to include workers with disabilities in this executive order, affirmatively and explicitly. We further urge you to announce that you will sign the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 831) if and when that legislation reaches your desk. With a Republican sponsor and substantial Democratic co-sponsorship, this nonpartisan piece of legislation will responsibly phase out the discriminatory practice of paying workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage.
Our respect and prayers go out to Americans like Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and equality we seek to enjoy as American citizens. We are thankful that Sergeant Remsburg is recovering from the wounds he suffered in service to this great nation. But we must point out that his value to our society is not a function of the restoration of his eyesight and ability to walk, but of the simple fact that he is a human being with determination, belief in himself, love for the United States, and aspirations for his future. There are millions of others who actively seek to serve this nation we love with our unique talents and strengths, whether or not we can benefit from technology or medical intervention that will mitigate or eliminate our disabilities. Some of us may be blind in both eyes; others may not be able to hear; some may be unable to walk; some may have developmental disabilities that require innovative interventions; and still others may have other disabilities that require them to perform everyday tasks a little differently. We seek to have our different characteristics embraced as respected contributions to our nation’s diversity, not as badges of inferiority that condemn us to a life of low wages and low expectations. We are no less valuable, we are no less capable, and we are no less American than any other citizen.
We wholeheartedly agree with you when you say, “The America we want for our kids – a rising America where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong; where prosperity is widely shared and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us – none of it is easy. But if we work together; if we summon what is best in us, the way Cory summoned what is best in him, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow – I know it’s within our reach.” We believe that this America includes people with disabilities, and we ask you to demonstrate that you believe it as well.
Marc Maurer, President
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
cc: Vice President Joseph R. Biden
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Hypocrisy, thy name is liberalism. What a difference a few years makes.
Remember when “progressive” media types chided President George W. Bush till they were blue in the face for “going it alone” on Iraq? Well, apparently “going it alone” is totally cool if you have a “D” after your name.
David Corn, Washington bureau chief over at the uber-liberal Mother Jones is disappointed that an increasingly imperialist Barack Obama wasn’t imperialist enough during his recent State of the Union Address. He’s furious that our already chestless Commander-in-Hearing-Himself-Talk showed off his bona fides in weakness and “let the Republicans off easy.”
“Obama didn’t use this opportunity to focus on the reason he has to go it alone: Republicans hell-bent on disrupting the government and thwarting all the initiatives he deems necessary for the good of the nation. Even when he quasi-denounced the government shutdown, he did not name-check House Speaker John Boehner and his tea-party-driven comrades.”
What? “All the initiatives” Obama “deems necessary”? “Go it alone”? Yeah, Josef Stalin – affectionately nicknamed “Uncle Joe” by Obama’s hero, FDR – had a lot of initiatives he “deemed necessary,” too. And like Obama, he also preferred the “go it alone” approach.
Seriously, has Mr. Corn never heard of the separation of powers? The president doesn’t get to just unilaterally “deem” laws into effect. He’s the chief executive, not the chief lawmaker. Neither should he be the chief lawbreaker.
Yet here we are and so he is.
More than any other president in American history (yes, Nixon included), Obama has done both – make the “law” and break the law. Just consider, for instance, his unprecedented, arbitrary, capricious and completely illegal “do-whatever-I-want-to-do” shredding of his signature dark comedy: Obamacare.
Get used to it. During last Tuesday’s SOTU Obama announced his intention to keep at it. In fact, he plans to ramp-up the lawlessness.
And why shouldn’t he? A gutless GOP establishment has let him get away with it at every turn. Corn was partly right. He was justified in taking a jab at the speaker of the House. On this we agree: John Boehner needs to be “checked,” just not for the reasons Corn supposes.
Even some liberals are waking up to the fact that, for the first time, America is living under – as Sen. Ted Cruz calls it – “the imperial presidency.” In a posting originally titled “Obama: Efforts to rein him in not serious,” the off-the-rails-liberal CNN.com took Obama to task for his autocratic misbehavior (CNN later changed the article title to “President Obama says he’s not recalibrating ambitions.” Amazing what an angry phone call from this White House can do to the Obama-natical state-run media).
“Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. ‘This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal,’ he said.
“Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions – with a pen or phone – if a divided Congress won’t or can’t act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union Address. …
“Sen. Ted Cruz described the actions as ‘the imperial presidency,’” continued CNN, “and House Republicans have threatened to rein in the president’s use of executive actions.
“‘I don’t think that’s very serious,’ Obama said. …”
Right. Most despots don’t take “very serious” efforts to rein them in, particularly when their political opposition has shown neither the courage nor the inclination to do so.
David Corn disagrees. He thinks more despotism is just what the “progressive” doctor ordered. He ended his Mother Jones rant – all but calling the president a weenie:
“Obama barely called out Republicans in this speech; he did not exploit this high-profile moment to confront the obstructionist opposition,” he complained.
Au contraire, my corny little friend. Barack Hussein Obama has stored up no short supply of exploitations. Most especially, he has exploited the very people he is sworn to serve.
“We the people.”
Just when I thought I’d seen everything from the President, he tells CNN about this naively-conceived plan to end long-term unemployment:
“What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let’s establish best practices,” President Barack Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.
“Because they’ve been unemployed … so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they’re weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview,” said Obama.
As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown.
“Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time,” said the President.
The way the story starts, you would think that Apple, Ford and the rest of the Fortune 500 had promised the President that they would hire the long-term unemployed before hiring anyone else – that’s not what the story says. It’s also not what those companies plan on doing.
While spewing his lack of understanding of basic economics on CNN (which hardly anyone pays attention to anymore) Obama fails to understand the difference between companies giving any priority to the long-term unemployed and employers not keeping people”out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time.”
Basically, the companies have agreed to find other reasons not to hire people who are otherwise unqualified for the positions they have open.
As weird as it might seem, businesses hire who they need when they need to – not just because the President asks them to do so oh so politely.
A huge portion of the electorate will swallow this logic – many of whom voted for the President.. twice.
First, without comment, here are the prepared remarks that Obama plans to make this evening. Later, we shall opine .. greatly:
The President of the United States: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.
An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.
An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.
Weary citizens have a pretty good idea of what to expect, summing up tonight’s #SOTUInThreeWords, while a new Rasmussen poll reveals that 62% of Americans feel SOTU is ‘mostly just for show’. It is, in all reality, nothing but a circus!
If you want to play along in tonight’s 2014 State Of The Union Drinking Game: The Executive Authority to Take a Drink, check out the Official Rules and Guidelines! There’s also a new State Of The Union Bingo game. Play along, and see if Obama checks all the boxes!
You can also get a looking inside the #InsideSOTU Campaign. And if you are a Duck Dynasty fan, be on the lookout for Willie Robertson, who will be attending. Be sure to keep your eyes on Harry Reid, who says he has fallen asleep during State of the Union in the past.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that “when Obama mounts the podium tonight for the State of the Union Address and looks into the cameras, no one is going to believe him when he says how terrific everything is”. This latest poll reveals that 68% of the American public is less than impressed with his presidential performance! The truth is, there is a lie that hangs over the State of the Union! The GOP has put out an ad blasting ‘Empty Suit’ Obama ahead of tonight’s State Of The Union Speech. The very sad truth is the state of the union is divided, troubled and deteriorating! Will tonight’s State of the Union bring a greater divide? Or will Obama get his mojo back?
It doesn’t matter if Obama gets his mojo back or not. Barack Obama’s own cousin says he is the “worse president in our time!” Questions about Obama’s competency plague his Administration. But the truth is, Obama is not America! Wake up! YOU are America, NOT Barack Obama! But too many American’s today do not want to stand up and fight for this country, they are more interested in “looking for a little humor in their political news”. How can the State of the Union be strong when both parties can’t stand each other? A viral video is actually making the rounds which actually “glorifies America’s problems: pot, steak, and vodka.” All the while, we continue to ask God to bless America, and wonder why we have the problems we have in our country!
The BIG NEWS for tonight’s SOTU Address is that OBAMA TO DISQUALIFY HIMSELF FROM OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, choosing to stick with his pattern of utter Lawlessness! So what else is new?!
Valerie Jarrett has declared that Americans are “hungry” for an Imperial Presidency, and White House adviser John Podesta announced that President Obama is “warming up” to the idea of ruling like a dictator! Remember when he “assured” Americans that he was the President, not a dictator? Now an Internal Memo reveals that Obama is deadly serious about launching his full dictatorship in 2014! He also wants everyone to invest in government debt as their retirement. He’s going to need your money, because he’s going to ignore Congress and give a 39% raise to government drones with an Executive Order! These Executive Orders are “very dangerous”, and John Boehner has even issued a “stern warning” to Obama concerning his Executive Orders, telling him, “We have a Constitution!” Do you think Barack Obama really cares about the Constitution? He’s already proven he’s going to do things his way, come hell or high water!
Meanwhile, Obama’s ever-faithful media pals are standing right behind him- ABC is pushing Obama’s efforts to unilaterally ‘act without Congress’, seemingly forgetting that just 8 years ago the same network was outraged at George W. Bush for “being unwilling to compromise!” MSNBC’s Ed Schultz declares Obama is EXACTLY RIGHT to take action without Congress!
And while he’s at it, he is going to raise minimum wage 39% for employees of federal contractors! Mitt Romney calls this act “desperate!” And don’t forget… he just recently cut military pay! All these 39% increases, while the Obama ‘recovery’ goes limp yet again! These 22 well-sourced facts show just how ugly things really are in the Obama Economy! A new report warns legalizing illegal aliens won’t help the economy, but this little nugget of truth about amnesty will obviously be one thing that will be missing from tonight’s State Of The Union!
He is also seeking to use the EPA, who is once again scheming to expand its power, [and]violate our constitutional rights.” There is currently a Bill in The House which seeks to stop the EPA power grab!
Obama’s lies about Obamacare choices has Americans nationwide suffering the consequences! It is just one fiasco after another! Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn has announced that his ObamaCare coverage won’t cover treatment from his cancer specialist. Michelle Obama is doing everything she can to save their namesake legislation, asking Americans: Hey! Can you spare at least $10 to help protect Obamacare? The real question now is, where will the Canadians go for health care now?
We must face the new reality and ask ourselves this very troubling question…. is America now a Fascist State? It has been revealed that Valerie Jarrett has ordered companies to start hiring – or else, while Congress secret votes to sends guns to Syria.
No matter what happens in tonight’s State Of The Union Address, Obama is sure to “come up short in the eyes of millions.” How far will he go? We soon shall see!
Oh the irony. President Obama’s so called “truth team” continues its propagandist efforts in the hopes of salvaging the President’s crashing approval numbers. This time, by falsely portraying Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as lying about Obamacare’s effects on the health care industry.
From the unTruth Team’s email:
Fact check is hardly an unbiased source. Often softening the blow of critics where Democrats are concerned. In this case, they just got it wrong.
First example would be from U.S. News and World Report’s article where administrators at the Cleveland Clinic directly placed the blame for spending cuts and layoffs on the Affordable Care Act:
Administrators at the Cleveland Clinic announced on Wednesday that the health care giant would be cutting as much as $300 million from its 2014 budget, and that the cuts will likely include layoffs.
“Health care reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” spokeswoman Eileen Shiel told The Plain Dealer. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable.”
During a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, Cleveland Clinic President and Chief Executive Dr. Toby Cosgrove told employees about plans to reduce operating expenses by about 6 percent, and cited the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as one of the reasons for the cuts.
Then, there is the article from the normally administration-friendly Huffington Post where a medical device maker directly attributes cuts to the tragedy that is Obamacare:
Medical technology company, Smith & Nephew, announced Thursday that it would be letting go of almost 100 workers at its plants in Tennessee and Massachusetts. The company, which makes orthopedic reconstruction products, is blaming 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices in President Obama’s health care law for the layoffs, according to Fox13 News.
Then there’s this:
Stryker Corporation, a Michigan-based medical device company with operations around the world, is laying off five percent of its employees in order to offset the cost of a tax passed as part of Obamacare in 2009 and scheduled to take effect in 2013.
Clifton Springs Hospital let almost 60 non-clinical employees go last Friday. Hospital officials says it’s all because they’re trying to get ready for the impact of the new health care act. The act changes the way health insurance is run and the way hospitals are paid.
The stories are abundant and growing.
These layoffs are a necessity considering the goal of Obamacare. They want to make healthcare cheaper – one of the major costs in healthcare are the professionals that give that care. Therefore, if it is to cost less, there must be reductions in the cost of the people giving it.
Some will argue that these cuts are temporary, a statistical anomaly, a rounding error or a necessary evil. They can pick whichever explanation they like, but they must then admit they ARE happening.
If they are indeed happening, then Representative McMorris Rodgers is correct and it is Obama’s
truth team that is spreading nothing more than the great leaders propaganda.
Want to know why Obama needs to discredit Rep. McMorris Rodgers so badly? Because she is giving the Republican response to his State of the Union address tomorrow night.
Thin, cheap, childish and foolish – and now they’ve been exposed.. again.
White House senior staff are hitting the talk show circuit this weekend to relay President Obama’s newest threat: if Congress won’t do exactly as the White House wishes, the White House will go around them.
Press Secretary Jay Carney and Senior White House Advisor Dan Pleiffer made the President’s position clear on ABC’s “This Week” and Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.”
Carney spun the dictatorial threat by saying that President Obama would work with Congress where possible, but will “bypass Congress where necessary” – a thinly-veiled threat to Congress to get-in-line or be circumvented by Presidential proclamation.
Pleiffer took an even more vague approach to informing Congress that the President will either get his way or throw a tantrum: “The President has a pen, and he has a phone, and he’s going to use those” – the pen threat conceivably hinting that the President will issue Executive Order edicts for any initiative on which the President has been unable to lead a divided government.
Unlike effective Presidents like Clinton or Reagan, Obama has been unable to lead a divided Congress to pass much of anything. Obamacare was passed with both the House and Senate being held by Democrats and most everything else the President has done through Executive Order, administrative action or other non-legislative paths.
Obama started his first term leading a parade. Democrats had control of Congress, he had just won the majority of the American vote and held high approval numbers – all squandered trying to push a heavily-extremist liberal agenda.
After shoving the incredibly unpopular Affordable Care Act down the throats of Americans, Democrats lost the majority in the House and Obama had to either lead a divided government or flounder. His current approval ratings have pegged-out on the floundering side.
Threats, like those issued by Carney and Pleiffer, are not how a confident leader gets things done. Compromise is difficult and in a divided Congress, compromise is required – unless you are operating in a dictatorial regime.
Now, Obama is throwing down the gauntlet: Do what I want, the way I want it, or I’ll stretch the powers of the Executive branch to their breaking point to get my way.
Eyeing Your Privacy. Regarding Obama’s speech on the NSA, can we keep our privacy if we like it?
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Shock: EPA Administrator Pushes Job-Crushing Climate Regs But Is Incapable Of Supporting President’s Warming Claims
In a hearing yesterday on climate regulation, Senator Sessions pressed EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to support the President’s statements on warming which are used to justify massive proposed administrative actions which would hurt millions of workers. McCarthy proved unable and unwilling to support the President’s claims despite being the central figure crafting and implementing EPA regulations.
Sessions: “Do I not have the right to ask the Director of EPA a simple question that is relevant to the dispute that is before us? Is the temperature around the globe increasing faster than was predicted, even 10 years ago [as the President claimed]?”
McCarthy: “I can’t answer that question.”
Sessions: “You are asking us to impose billions of dollars of cost on this economy and you won’t answer the simple question of whether [temperature around the globe is increasing faster than predicted] is an accurate statement or not?”
From The White House:
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly affirmed an ideal that has long been central to the American journey. The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious liberty a natural right and any attempt to subvert it “a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either.” The Statute inspired religious liberty protections in the First Amendment, which has stood for almost two and a quarter centuries.
Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity enriches our cultural fabric and reminds us that what binds us as one is not the tenets of our faiths, the colors of our skin, or the origins of our names. What makes us American is our adherence to shared ideals — freedom, equality, justice, and our right as a people to set our own course.
America proudly stands with people of every nation who seek to think, believe, and practice their faiths as they choose. In the years to come, my Administration will remain committed to promoting religious freedom, both at home and across the globe. We urge every country to recognize religious freedom as both a universal right and a key to a stable, prosperous, and peaceful future.
As we observe this day, let us celebrate America’s legacy of religious liberty, embrace diversity in our own communities, and resolve once more to advance religious freedom in our time.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2014, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations at home and around the world.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.